Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/12
The race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend features the only short track in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. To me, even though it's a 500-lap race, the competition this weekend truly begins on Friday with a good, solid qualifying run because that dictates your pit-road selection, which is truly very important at this .526-mile track. It keeps you from having to beat and bang your way to the front -- you can kind of dictate the pace you run in the first half to two-thirds of that race. Then, even though there will probably be a fairly long green-flag run at the end, it's almost like a road course. When you tell those guys there's 10-to-15 laps to go, the wires start sparking inside those helmets and they start beating and banging. You go back to the spring race there. What looked like it was going to be either a Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon win ended up with a caution with two (laps) to go and they all got to beating and banging so bad there on that green-white checkered that t...
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